Trainers and volunteers urgently needed for guide dog charity

Guide dog charities continue to experience disruptions due to the pandemic after seeing a drop in volunteer numbers during the adjustment.

A lack of volunteers at Ayrshire’s Guide Dogs for the Blind unit has put those who depend on guide dogs in the area in a difficult position.

Positions for puppy trainers and fundraisers are not yet filled.

These roles help charities raise funds that go towards training the dogs, providing them with equipment and food, and matching them with suitable owners.

Volunteer and guide dog owner for 14 years, Craig Happel said: “If it wasn’t for people’s fundraising, I wouldn’t have a dog.

“Some people say, ‘I couldn’t be a puppy raiser because I got a cute cuddly puppy and I have to give him away,’ and I understand that, but at the end of the day, people like me are better off for it and being independent.”

“If it wasn’t for my dog ​​Merlon, I wouldn’t be able to come and get a coffee myself or get on the train to go to Glasgow, I’d just be stuck at home.”

Since dogs finish training at about two years of age and retire at age 10, many people who depend on them need multiple dogs throughout their lives.

Each dog is matched individually to its owner, with more energetic dogs being paired with active people, and calm ones with those who lead a quiet lifestyle.

Each dog’s vet bills and essentials such as harnesses and leashes are also delivered to the owner by Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Craig added: “Merlon is my second dog and I felt I had to give a little back. My task is to attract volunteers.”

For more information visit https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help/

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